Cotutelles de thèse

A cotutelle de thèse is a doctoral project that is carried out within the framework of a formalised agreement between two universities (a Swiss and a foreign university). Cotutelle de thèse projects entail the following: preparation of the doctoral thesis under the joint direction of two supervisors; a reasonable distribution of the time spent by the doctoral candidate at each institution; a joint defence of thesis; the awarding of a joint diploma or of two separate diplomas with a reference to the cotutelle de these cooperation with the partner university.

Every year, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI, within the framework of its programm «Cotutelles de thèse», grants financial support for projects that are based on a cooperation agreement between a Swiss and a partner university abroad. The maximum amount of aid is CHF 10’000.-. The funds are mainly intended to go towards travel and living expenses incurred by the doctoral candidate and his/her supervisors. swissuniversities is responsible for the management of the programm «Cotutelles de thèse».

Doctoral candidates in all fields of study planning and carrying out their doctoral project as a cotutelle are eligible for financial support if:

  • they are registered at a Swiss university;
  • they are Swiss citizens or hold a residence permit B, C, or G;
  • they have – on 31 March 2018 – studied at least one year at a Swiss university at the levels of Bachelor, Master or at the Doctoral level (in the latter case, the enrollment date marks the beginning of the doctoral studies) and
  • they are not over the age of 35 on 31 March 2018 except in cases which are duly justified (for example in case of a second training or parenthood).

Application process and documents

Application material

Contact persons at the participating universities

Legal bases

Criteria for selecting projects and awarding financial aid


Tristan Flury
Programme manager
T +41 31 335 07 66

Catherine Vésy
Programme administration
T +41 31 335 07 67


Programme flyer

Flyer for doctoral candidates for the call 2018
German  French
English  Italian

Managing your project

Guidelines for the use of a grant
German, French, Italian, English

Final report form in French or German